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CHE THOREAU SOCIHTY BULLTiTLN 
Number 3 .■■--pril, 1942 

THE BOOKLET. Bids have been raceived and arrangemcnv s are jompleted for printing the 
first annual BOOKLET of the Society by the end of A^cr-i.l, so that it can be issued on 
May 6, the eightieth anniversary of Thoreau's deaths. Tt is not a funereal book but 
contains the hopeful natorial presented at Concord on the tv.eifth of last July, Mom- 
bers of the Society (Those xvho have paid the dollar dues) v^ill receive a special 
copy of the BOOKLET printed on heavy paper and covered vith heavy blue boards Other 
copies on lighter paper vill be available at 25^^' each. Only enough copies of the 
special edition will be printed to send one to each member of record on April 30o 
If you mean to join the Society and '.vant one of these better BOOKLETS, send a dollar, 

NEWS NOTES ABOUT MEMBERS o The Secretary- -on-leave of the Society, vValter Harding, has 
been doing a little pinch-hitting from a distance o The ivar took him out of graduate 
school but did not put him into the army.. He is acvjaiting assignment to American 
Friends Service Committee vjorkc . o o Ira Hoover, 1495 llcrth 53rd Street, Philadelphia, 
wonders about starting a local Thoreau group in that city. If you live near, let him 
know whether youM be interested in joining, , , c Likewise j Alexander Lincoln, Jr., 
Meredith, N.H. , wonders about a group getting together somewhere along the New Hcjnp- 
shire-Massachusetts border^ H^ didn't say sO; but I think he'd give all comers a 
glass of milko Ho says he's "slave to a herd of cattle,," , « „ The Society is nation- 
wide now. The other day V.'illiara T. V.'obbor, of Long Beach, Calif orniaj, sent in a mem- 
bership dollar for William junior. Hitherto, members in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colo- 
rado had marked the western boundary of the Society. • • o TUere are Thoreaus in 
California, Hadn't we better make all Henry D. Thoreaus honorary members? There are 
two of them, . . • Adin Bcllou continues to read Thoreau and then write sonnets under 
the inspiration. The sonnets get published too. But Jie doesn't send the Society 
president copies or bibliographical data, 

NEW YORK GROUP METTNGS. The New York Thoreau discussion group had its first meet- 
ing in January. After a general discussion, Harry Lee read some of his favorite parts 
of MORE DAY TO DAWN; Max Cosman read a chapter from his projected biography of 
Thoreau; and Adin Ballou recited a few of his "After Reading Thoreau" sonnets. Then 
there was more talk and a few Thoreau treasures were exhibited. Early in April the 
group held a second meeting and gained a few members. Perhaps we shall have more 
news of this setond meeting or others for the next BULLETIN. Meanvjhile, anyone 
living near New York and wanting to join the group might well get in touch with 
Daniel Bernstein, 730 Park Avenue. 

THE JULY MEETING. It is not too soon to think about plans for July, provided any 
plans can be made in these times. Some members have wondered whether any meeting 
should be attenq^ted this year. The president (the lone officer, nearly a thousand 
miles away from Concord) thinks a meeting should be held. Fully two-thirds of the 
members live within thirty miles of Concord and could get there by means of a short 
bus or railvjay journey. Perhaps a single session the fifternoon of Saturday, July 11 
or Sunday, July 12, should be all we plan. But a permanent organization needs to be 
set up; and in some ways the war makes the need greater. Members might come for the 
entire day, prowl around the countryside alone or in groups, eat together if they 
liked, but relieve the Concord coraraitteo of arrangements of all responsibility except 
for one session devoted to program and business. One member says he will walk over 
from Worcester if need be. What's your idea about the July meeting? 

BULLETINS. All copies of the first BULLETIN h'.ve been sent out. The second one, 
issued in January had a wide circulation. 236 copies of this one are being mailed 
out. Loss than one-third go to paid-up membershipo 

ADDRESS Ik'LALL FOR THE SOCIETY TO RAYI\AOND ADAMS, BOX 762, CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA 



April, 1942 T[I'ji^3;.U SOCIETY BJLLr:: .U^ Page 2 

Thoreau BibliOGrapr.y^ January through. March, 1942 

(Anonyraous ) , "Thcreau Society Bulieti.i", NET-J iZNGIAHD QUAPIERLY. Vol.XIV (December, 

1941) p, '''62, (Fuli -page cotice of the Thoreau Society and its bulletin) 

Audubon Society, Al'EHICA MY COQi^TRY, \k pamphlet sollcit-i.ng gifts, quotes from one 
of Thoreau* s poems on page 11 and from VvALDEN on page 14 ^j 

Ballou, Adin, '»lviake Vfhistles of Yoor Life " Now Yorlc IHP.Al.D TRIEUI\^5 March 29 (Poem 
in tlie "After Reading Thoreau" group reprinted from CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 
MONITOR. 

Ballou, Adin. "Unoccupied Vif inter? New York IISilALD TRIBUNE, February 3 (Another of 
his "After Reading Thoreau" sonnets^) 

Bernstein, Daniel. "To the Editor " FREE AliERICA, March, page 14, (A letter proposing 
Thoreau as the philosopher of decentralization, self-sufficiency, and 
individual independence — the principles of the magazine,) 

Bernstein, Daniel. "Seelcs Clippings on Thoreau," Concord (Mass.) JOURNAL, January 29, 
page 10. (A letter to the editor,) 

Conant, W. B. "Would Thoreau Have Rejoiced?" TEiE CHRISTIAN CENTURY, Vol. LIX (March 

25) po388<, (A letter to the editor concerning India, saying that Thoreau 
"held the spirit of revolt in check through Gandhi.") 

Edman, Irwin. FOUNTAIN-HEADS OF FiiESDCM. N.Y. : Reynal and Hitchcock. (Pages 149-153 
devoted to Thoreau' s exaltation of individuality)-. 

Gray, Leonard B. "Henry Thoreau - Great Individualist", THE CHRISTIAN LEADER, Vol. 
CXXIV (January 17) pp. 40-41. (An appraisal of Thoreau' s message by a 
Congregational minister in Lynn, Mass.) 

"J. D. A.", "Speaking of Books", NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, January 4, page 2, 

(Quotes the last two paragraphs of VnALDEN "as a kihdling expression of 
the hope and expectancy in Vvhich life must be lived by those who would 
keep their faith in the forging of a better world.") 

Mulder, Arnold. "Benjamin Franklin: Teacher of Composition," COLLEGE ENGLISH, Vol, 
III (February, 1942), ppo485-6. (On th^ pages mentioned is a paragraph 
devoted to Thoreau' s composition in relation to his experience.) 

Robinson, James R. "Civil Disobedience" CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR. Vol. IT (February) 
p. 5 (Applies Thoreau' s essay "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" to 
contemporary pacifism. ) 

Thomas, William S. "Tkoreau as His dm Editor", NEW ENGL/^iND QUARTERLY, Vol. XV 

(March, 1942) pp. 101-103. (A 16 stanza poem owned in ms, by the late 
Doctor Thomas compared with the 10 stanza versi-in of "To My Brother") 

Thoreau, H. D. "Reading", EIXORE, Vol. I (February, 1942) pp. 102-110. (A reprint of 
the third chapter of WAIDEN. ) 

Thoreau, H. D. "Immortal American Words" P.M., January 13, page 22. The newspaper 
quotes Thoreau's December 4, 1860, journal entry on slavery.) 

Tinker, Edward Larocque. "New Editions, Fine & Othervdse", IMJ YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW 
Mararh 29, p. 21. (Traces Thoreau's "The Duty of Civil Disobedience" and 
his non-cooperation to Etienne La Boetie's DISCOURSE SUR LA SERVITUDE 
VOIUNTAIRE, translated by Harry Kurz under the title AI-JTI -DICTATOR 
(Columbia University Press, 1942). 

Updegraff, Robert R. "Time for Everything," THE ROTARIAN, LX (Febrjiary, 1942) pp,29- 

30, 55. (Oii page 28 is a portrait of Thoreau as one who was self-appomt- 
ed*"inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms. Thoreau mentioned on page 55) 

MIMOGRAPHED MATERIAL. The Society in Jeaiuary issued a two page BULLETIN NO. 2. 
Raymond Adams has issued two THOREAU NEWSLETIERS for distribution to his friends. 
Each of those (one in January and one in March) consisted of two long pages. The 
January NEIVSLETTER resulted in printed comment and quotation in the Concord HERALD 
of February 5, and TEIE SATURDAY REVIEW OF LITERATURE of February 14, The March letter 
started a broccoli war on the editorial page of the N.Y. SUN. But that's April news 
for the next BULLETIBT.and Bibliography, 

ADDRESS ALL WdL FOR THE SOCIETY TO R^BIOND AD/J^, BOX 762, CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA